Books and writers

Information about the latest books and the people behind them

A book of friends: In honour of JM Coetzee on his 80th birthday, edited by Dorothy Driver: reader impression

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2020-12-21

"What will stay with me for a long time after reading this multilayered collection is the deep sense of curiosity which runs through A book of friends – it is an expression of care which the authors and artists share with the man they pay tribute to."

The Afrikaners: a concise history by Hermann Giliomee: a book review

Bill Nasson Books and writers 2020-12-18

"Now running to just over 200 pages, and wearing his immense learning much more lightly, the author’s new Concise history is more of a tapas-trek through the topic than his original pièce de résistance."

African library: The Lotus people by Aziz Hassim

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2020-12-14

"The impressive and morally valuable account that Hassim has produced should, in my view, be honoured as a classic of anti-apartheid literature. It is a complex work rich in meaning and serves as an act of commemoration, but one which never preaches or flags in its breathtaking pace."

First sip: The Afrikaners, a concise history by Hermann Giliomee

LitNet LitNet Eerste Slukkie | First Sip 2020-12-14

"On 1 January 1827 English became the only official language in the courts. Evidence in Dutch or Afrikaans was translated. The British jury system was imported and members of the jury were required to be proficient in English."

People don’t read crime if they don’t have hope

Catalyst Press Books and writers 2020-12-11

“People don’t read crime if they don’t have hope.” So said Jessica Powers, head of Catalyst Press, quoting the South African author Andrew Brown, during a panel discussion hosted by Micheal Sears on Wednesday 9 December 2020.

Searching for Simphiwe by Sifiso Mzobe: a book review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2020-12-09

"Mzobe is a consummate storyteller, and it is easy to lose oneself in the tales he shares so compellingly. My hope is that we won’t have to wait another decade for his next book to hit our bookshelves and hearts."

Die stoute Corona / The naughty Corona: ’n resensie

Izak de Vries Resensies 2020-12-08

"Hierdie mooi, insiggewende teks is deur ’n mediese dokter vir sy kleinkinders geskryf. Die idee was aanvanklik om seker te maak dat hulle nie onnodig vir hulle eie veiligheid hoef te vrees nie."

Press release: Launch event of Liberty Books cancelled

LitNet Books and writers 2020-12-08

Due to the surging number of COVID-19 cases in the Western Cape, the manager and owner of Liberty Books and the management of the Peregrine Farm Stall have decided to cancel the launch event that would have taken place on 10 December 2020.

Fresh off the press: Paradise in Gaza by Niq Mhlongo

LitNet Books and writers 2020-12-04

"When Mpisi Mpisani travels to his home village for the burial of his mother and a visit to his first wife, he is anxious to hurry back to Johannesburg."

Three women providing a catalyst for African literature: An interview

Izak de Vries, JL Powers, Ashawnta Jackson, SarahBelle Selig Interviews 2020-12-02

"I just began to feel excited about the possibility of bringing African literature of all genres to a North American readership – not scholarly work, which I think has some real champions, but crime novels, thrillers, literary fiction, children’s fiction and graphic novels."

Press release: You are invited to the Liberty Books launch at Peregrine Farm Stall

LitNet Books and writers 2020-11-27

Join us to celebrate our new home and engage with our speakers who will ponder the question “What’s so blêrrie belangrik ‘bout books anyway?”

Hazara, elegy for an African farm by John Conyngham: reader impression

David Willers Books and writers 2020-11-26

"Hazara, taken from the name of Conyngham’s lost dynastic family sugar farm in KwaZulu-Natal (in turn taken from the name of his grandfather’s regiment in the British Indian Army), tackles the torment of confused identity in the ambivalent context of the old Anglo-South African relationship."

The history of man by Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu, a review

Helen Moffett Books and writers 2020-11-26

"This novel is no less than an act of extraordinary grace by the author."

Press release: Join us for two special events during #ReadingAfrica

Catalyst Press Books and writers 2020-11-26

"You are invited to join us for two exciting zoom discussions on the joys of #ReadingAfrica. #ReadingAfrica week is an annual event to celebrate African literature. This year it will take place from 6 – 12 December."

Joburg noir, edited by Niq Mhlongo: reader impression

Edwin T Smith Books and writers 2020-11-23

"Joburg noir is a present-day attempt to capture and reflect the people, images, architectural forms, footprints, aspirations, fears, dreams, cuisine, culture and memories of the City of Gold in contemporary times and for the modern reader."

A promised land by Barack Obama – Win a copy!

LitNet PRH/LAPA-Uitgewersportaal 2020-11-19

You could win a copy of A promised land by Barack Obama with the compliments of LitNet and Penguin Random House South Africa. Click on this link, then scroll down to see how!

Reader impression: Going home by Sophia Lindop

Louise Viljoen (JBay) Books and writers 2020-11-19

"Going home not only celebrates the stories behind the rich food culture of Lebanon – both historical and contemporary – but also highlights the true meaning of life, which is found in togetherness, sharing, laughter and good food."

The Madibaland World Literary Festival: an interview with Darryl David

Naomi Meyer, Darryl David Books and writers 2020-11-19

"We may be divided by oceans. We may be divided by time zones, and circumstances, and more. But we are linked by stories, by our desire to dialogue – and I think this festival will be the perfect chance to celebrate that."

Programme: Madibaland World Literary Festival 2020

Darryl David Books and writers 2020-11-19

"There has never been a festival quite like the Madibaland World Literary Festival – and you’re invited," says Darryl David, Director of the Madibaland World Literary Festival. Here is the full programme, as provided by Darryl David.

Reader impression: Death and the after parties by Joanne Hichens

Barbara Erasmus Books and writers 2020-11-18

"Hichens has written an evocative and memorable description of a difficult journey which somehow leaves the reader hopeful for the future."